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Teach Together Science at St Matthews Primary School

Wimbledon High School have partnered with St. Matthews Primary School for the Teach Together Science project. This programme gives our students the unique opportunity to initially, be taught how to teach by Wimbledon High staff, before heading out to St. Matthews Primary School. The Teach Together programme benefits not only our state partner schools, but also WHS students. We have seen a growth in confidence in personal delivery and a more thorough understanding of students from different backgrounds.

Aims

  • To build enthusiasm for Science amongst Y5 children by delivering sessions which are fun and exciting.
  • To encourage questioning and enquiry by allowing children an opportunity to ask questions and consider different ways of finding an answer, especially linked with using investigation skills.
  • To raise our students confidence and communication skills by planning sessions and delivering them.

Background

The Teach Together project as a whole commenced in September 2017 at Wimbledon High School whereby we reached out to a number of schools to invite them to collaborate with us. Our goal is to ensure our students here at Wimbledon High learn valuable new skills for their own personal development as well as the partnering schools benefiting from having our students teach them subjects in a fun and innovative way.

Resources

Wimbledon High science teachers

Travel to St Matthews or use of Wimbledon High labs.

Wimbledon students

There are 16 sessions this year

Impact

  • Children have planned and carried out an investigation on size of shadows and distance from light source.
  • Children have made and explained how a periscope works.
  • Children have modelled the phases of the moon & distances between planets in the solar system.
  • Mentors are learning how to communicate and explain ideas clearly
  • Mentors enjoy the challenge and doing something that they find a bit intimidating.

Pupil Involvement

25 student mentors from Wimbledon High in years 11-13

 

25 students from St. Matthews, Year 5, mixed gender

Frequency

The Teach Together project runs for a total of 16 weeks from September through to Easter. This opportunity will be on offer every school year for the forseeable future.